Michigan Law - Clinical Fellow - Michigan Innocence Clinic

05 May 2024 8:25 PM | Mike Murphy (Administrator)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN LAW Clinical Fellows Program seeks applicants for a fellowship in its Michigan Innocence Clinic (MIC). This is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension for a third year.

The Clinical Fellows Program is designed to fully support attorneys wishing to explore the possibility of a career in clinical teaching. Michigan Clinical Fellows gain valuable experience and mentoring in clinical pedagogy and in their substantive area of practice. Their duties include clinical teaching and student supervision in conjunction with clinic directors, and participation in the operation and development of the clinic in which they teach. Support is provided for personal and professional development and scholarship. Michigan Clinical Fellows have enjoyed success on the national job market and are teaching in clinics at law schools across the country.

The Michigan Innocence Clinic works to exonerate defendants who have been wrongfully convicted in state or federal court in Michigan. The Clinic primarily works on cases where there is no DNA to test, and so the work of the Clinic largely involves finding new witnesses, searching for suppressed evidence, and challenging discredited or outdated forensic science. The Clinic opened in 2009 and has achieved victories securing freedom for 41 wrongfully convicted people.

Michigan’s Clinical Fellows salaries and benefits are very competitive. The fellowship begins in the late summer of 2024.

Who We Are

Founded in 1859, Michigan Law School is one of the world’s leading institutions of legal education and enjoys a reputation for academic excellence characterized by a powerful commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michigan is consistently ranked among the top law schools in the nation, and enjoys international renown for its intellectual rigor, stunning physical surroundings, preeminent faculty scholarship, and a community noted for collegiality and warmth. Michigan Law has an exceptional and cooperative community of talented and interesting students, with 1000 in the JD and 40 in the LLM program. Our commitments to collegiality, to constructive and challenging debate, and to enabling our students to pursue a wide range of options explain why the Law School has long been committed to diversity along many dimensions. Our graduates serve with distinction in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors, in large numbers in every major market in the nation, as well as internationally. The University of Michigan is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which is considered among the best places in the United States to live and work. 

Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold a J.D. degree and be eligible for licensure in Michigan. They should have three years of experience relevant to the Innocence Clinic’s work, a demonstrated commitment to public interest lawyering, and potential for scholarship and success as a clinical teacher.

Additional Information

At the University of Michigan, our dedication to academic excellence for the public good is inseparable from our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. U-M is committed to recruiting, selecting, and retaining a diverse and highly engaged staff community. 

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to Associate Dean Debra Chopp at dchopp@umich.edu or 734-763-1948.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  Application review will begin on June 3, 2024 and will be conducted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended.

For consideration, candidates must apply on the University of Michigan Careers website job posting #248679 https://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/248679/clinical-teaching-fellow-michigan-innocence-clinic-law-school

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.


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